Ken-Tool Develops IronMan Ergonomic Wheel Lifting Bar

February 2008, - Feature

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Professional tire service technicians know that lifting large tire and wheel assemblies can put a lot of extra stress on their backs, with the potential to cause serious injuries. Ken-Tool has developed a new wheel-lifting tool
designed to lighten the load, helping to prevent back injuries and make the job of changing heavy truck tires easier.
The IronMan ergonomic wheel-lifting bar has specially designed ends to easily slip into one of the wheel openings to allow the user to raise the tire and wheel assembly from laying flat to a standing position. The leverage created by the tool enables technicians to easily - and safely - lift heavy, awkward tire and wheel assemblies.
The IronMan features specially designed forged ends that work from either side of the wheel assembly as it lays flat. The tool consists of a long bar with a special knob on one end and a curved spoon on the other. To use the tool when the wheel is lying down with the hub-side up, the knob end is inserted into a lughole and the tool is used to lever the assembly to the standing upright position. If the tire/wheel assembly is lying with the hub side down, the curved spoon end is inserted into the wheel slot in the hub with the bent tip pointed toward the center of the wheel, and again the tool is used to lever the assembly to the standing upright position.
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